No. 2 Kansas 88, Iowa St. 81
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AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Drew Gooden scored 23 points and Jeff Boschee hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 37 seconds left as No. 2 Kansas escaped with an 88-81 victory over feisty Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Kansas (16-2, 5-0 Big 12) broke a five-game losing streak against the Cyclones, but it was far from easy. They built a 12-point early in the second half, fell behind by four, then finally pulled it out with some clutch shooting.
Iowa State (9-11, 1-5) led 81-79 when Jake Sullivan, who scored a career-high 27 points, hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2:23 remaining, his fifth 3 of the game. The Cyclones did not score again.
Gooden made two free throws to tie it at 81, and Iowa State lost a chance to regain the lead when Tyray Pearson missed two free throws with 57 seconds remaining.
Kansas then patiently worked its offense, Boschee got free to the left of the key and swished his 3-pointer. After Sullivan missed a driving shot, Kansas made four of five free throws to wrap it up and finally get out of Hilton Coliseum with a victory.
The Jayhawks’ last win on Iowa State’s floor had been on Feb. 4, 1998.
Nick Collison added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas, which shot 55 percent. Boschee scored 14 points on perfect shooting _ 4-for-4 on 3-pointers and 2-for-2 on free throws _ and Kirk Hinrich had 12.
Collison and Hinrich, both former high school stars in Iowa, got their first victory over Iowa State.
Pearson scored 17 points and Shane Power added 15 for Iowa State, which won the last two Big 12 titles but is off to its worst start in league play since 1993-94.
Kansas looked as though it might break the game open early in the second half. During a 2 1/2-minute stretch, the Jayhawks got six close-in baskets _ four dunks and two layups _ and opened a 62-50 lead when Wayne Siemen scored inside with 14:13 left.
But the Jayhawks then hit a rut and Iowa State outscored Kansas 20-4 to take a 70-66 lead when Sullivan hit two free throws with 6:39 remaining.
While Iowa State was making its run, Kansas missed 11 of 13 shots and had four turnovers. Hinrich scored on a drive to get the Jayhawks going again and the teams went back and forth down the stretch.